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Tobramycin is a custom pharmacy drug classified as an aminoglycoside antibiotic. This drug is used primarily to treat bacterial infections and essentially works to kill bacteria. Tobramycin is sometimes given for the treatment of meningitis as well as infections of the blood, skin, lungs, abdomen, joints, bones, and urinary tract, as well as for eye infections.


Tobramycin comes in multiple forms of delivery from injections to ophthalmic treatments, capsules, and inhalants. Your doctor will decide which, if any, form is appropriate and safe for your usage and condition. Always follow your doctor's precise directions for usage.


Modern medications offer many potential benefits but side effects may be an additional unwanted result of taking any medication. See your doctor right away if you experience any side effects that linger or get worse. Common side effects seen with tobramycin are provided below.

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Coughing Frequently
  • Coughing (that produces blood)
  • Changes in Speech
  • Funny Taste (in mouth)
  • Inflammation (throat)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Joint Pain
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Shallow Breathing

Severe Side Effects Overview:

Some patients may experience some unwanted and severe side effects. If you experience anything severe, immediately see your doctor or get medical attention. Some of the more common severe side effects are listed below for your convenience. This list is not comprehensive and individual users may have unique experiences.

  • Kidney Damage
  • Ear Damage
  • Hearing Loss
  • Balance Disorders
  • Serious Allergic Reaction
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the Mouth, Throat or Tongue
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Tightening of Airways
  • Multiple Infections (occurring at once)
  • Tumors (central area of the cavity between lungs)

Allergy Warning:

Some patients may be allergic to this drug and as such may develop an allergic reaction. Never delay seeking immediate medical treatment if you are experiencing anything that feels like an allergic reaction. Common allergic reaction signs are as follows:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling (mouth, tongue, or throat)


All patients considering the use of tobramycin should have a consultation with their doctor before beginning a course. The consultation should include a medical review and review of all medications and drugs the patient is currently taking and has taken in the recent past.
Tobramycin may be contraindicated for the following:

  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Low Level of Magnesium in Blood
  • Low Level of Calcium in Blood
  • Extreme Loss of Body Water
  • Parkinson Symptoms
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Damage of Nerve That Controls Hearing and Balance
  • Kidney Disease with Reduction in Kidney Function
  • Sensation of Spinning
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tobramycin may be contraindicated due to many diverse issues. Consult with your doctor during your consultation and discuss all potential risks, warnings, and contraindications.

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